Matt Lauer Scandal Not Mentioned by 'Today' Hosts During 'Christmas at Rockefeller Center' Special

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The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting ceremony went off on Wednesday without a hitch -- or a single mention of Matt Lauer's high-profile absence.

Today show co-hosts Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker were all there and all-smiles as they introduced the musical guests for NBC's two-hour live Christmas in Rockefeller Center celebration hours after Lauer was fired by the network for alleged "inappropriate workplace behavior."

The three chipper co-hosts didn't let Lauer's high-profile ousting keep them from enjoying the beloved tree lighting ceremony, or snapping beaming selfies together from the middle of the iconic New York City landmark.

"Getting ready to light the #rockcenterxmasstree on @NBC with my pals," Roker captioned a cheerful pic he posted Wednesday night.

However, NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt did join the three hosts during the celebration, where he mentioned it was his first time participating in the star-studded ceremony.

"This was my first time at the tree lighting," Holt said, smiling. "This is so cool. Usually I'm in my office and we watch it from there."

Holt also joined the hosts again at the end of the evening -- along with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio -- to partake in the actually flipping on of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lights.

While it wasn't explicitly stated that Holt was a last-minute fill-in for Lauer, his participation hadn't been mentioned by NBC in any promotional material for the live TV event. Holt's presence also fueled speculation that he might be one of the people NBC is looking at to replace Lauer in the coming weeks.

News of Lauer's termination was announced Wednesday morning by Guthrie at the top of the Today show, and since his firing a report published by Variety included multiple unnamed women who accused the veteran TV news personality of sexual harassment.

Lauer's alleged behavior reportedly includes giving a colleague a sex toy as a present, with a note about how he wanted to use it on her. Another woman alleges he called her to his office and showed her his penis, and then reprimanded her for not engaging in a sexual act when she declined.

Lauer did not comment on the allegations or his recent termination until Thursday morning at the top of the Today show.

For more information on the scandal surrounding the longtime Today show host, watch the video below.


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